Steven G. Madix, PhD
2019 Nominee Member-at-Large
Associate Professor Louisiana Tech University
BA: Pre-professional Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, Louisiana Tech University, 1995
MA: Audiology, Louisiana Tech University, 1997
MA: Speech-Language Pathology, Louisiana Tech University, 1999
PhD: Speech and Hearing Science, University of Tennessee, 2005
Why are you interested in serving on the Academy board?
In my 20 years of professional experience, I feel that I'm at the midpoint of my career. I think that I have learned some valuable things to share and can see the future developments and challenges on the horizon that I can help address. I want to be part of the solutions, and I want the solutions to come sooner rather than later. I have served on many Academy boards committees and working groups, and during that time I have gained valuable experience with methods that work, as well as those that don't. I am dedicated to seeing Audiology recognized as an autonomous profession that is valued for its contributions to healthcare and quality of life among the public and other healthcare professionals.
What challenges or key issues do you see for the audiology profession in the next five years? What would you hope to accomplish relative to these challenges during your term on the board?
The most significant issue that I have seen during my career is a lack of awareness among other health-care professions, and the public, about who we are and what we do. I think that this is the root cause of most problems our profession faces. If legislators and other health-care providers were more knowledgeable concerning our scope of practice and expertise, the depth and breadth or our training, and the dedication that we have to those we serve, our path to achieving recognized autonomy would be easier.
Creating this awareness must be pursued at the state level. States that don't have an audiology organization need to form one. States that do, need to focus on key legislators and the legislative process to chip away at barriers and obstacles that prevent audiology from moving forward. We need to work at both the state and national level to decouple audiology from speech-language pathology at every available opportunity.
I would like to create stronger bonds with the Academy and state audiology organizations and help state organizations form stronger bonds with doctor of audiology programs and SAA chapters in their respective states. I think we must focus on making the next generation of audiologists aware of the profession’s challenges, and the volunteer opportunities available for students and professionals to fill. Creating awareness and a passion for professional advocacy needs to start during the student years, and professional guidance and mentoring needs to be available to focus and channel that passion to a productive end. We need to create a culture of professional advocacy, and I feel that this is a doable task that I would like to play a larger part in achieving.
What experience do you have in the planning, evaluation, and implementation of a strategic plan?
I am the founding president and current executive director of the Louisiana Academy of Audiology (LAA). Our academy formed in 2013 and we have experienced positive growth annually and have seen key legislative issues in our state pass which moved Audiology forward. As executive director, I manage the day to day responsibilities of the academy, work with our board to establish short- and long-term goals for our academy, and work with our conference planning committee to ensure successful annual conferences that fund our lobbyist, our Future Leaders of Audiology Student Conference (FLASC) which we co-sponsor with the Texas Academy of Audiology(TAA), annual student scholarships and activities, as well as our annual day at the state capital.
List any experience in Financial Management. Describe your experience in developing and implementing a budget for a practice, business, department, or organization.
I manage the finances for the Louisiana Academy of Audiology (LAA) as its executive director. Our budget is funded through membership and an annual conference. There are approximately 300 licensed Audiologists in Louisiana who practice, and of those we have a membership of 150 practicing members. Working with these numbers, we annually fund a lobbyist, award student scholarships, sponsor a student leadership conference annually, and host an annual day at the capital. In a former life, I owned and operated a private practice and am aware of the challenges that a small business faces and the importance of good fiscal planning.
From the list below, select three competencies you feel best represent your leadership strengths:
Accountability, Communication Skills, Leadership Skills
Based on the three competencies selected above, comment on how you feel these qualities would positively affect your ability to serve on the Academy board.
I am just as comfortable leading as I am carrying out responsibilities that I have been tasked to do. I am comfortable making important decisions and accepting and learning from the outcomes of those decisions. I always seek the collective wisdom and opinions of the group which I am working with, as well as the members that I represent, and do my best to carry out their wishes. I think that my flexibility with either working within or leading a group compliments the goals our Academy board strives to accomplish. Successful executive boards work well together when they have effective communication among themselves and with the membership. The dynamics of a successful board are built on trust and accountability which in turn leads to positive outcomes. I feel that communication is key when working on executive boards; without it the membership feels slighted and disengaged.